8930 Stanford Blvd
Columbia, MD 21045
8930 Stanford Blvd
Find information for parents about vaccines available from the Health Department through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program.
Find resources to help make sure your kids stay on the CDC-recommended vaccination schedule for children (birth through 18) to help keep them safe and healthy.
Parents should check with their child's healthcare provider to make sure they are up-to-date on all childhood vaccinations.
The Health Department provides immunization opportunities for eligible children (see VFC Program below) who are not up-to-date on school-required vaccinations. Call the Health Department at 410-313-7500 to schedule a vaccination appointment for your child. Speak with your child's healthcare provider if you aren't sure whether they are up-to-date on all their recommended immunizations.
School Immunization Requirements
Howard County Health Department offers immunizations through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program to eligible children through 18 years of age who meet the following criteria:
Private health insurance is not accepted at this time. Children with private health insurance should schedule immunization appointments with their primary care provider. If you are unable to get an appointment with your healthcare provider in a timely manner, please call the Health Department to learn about opportunities for limited childhood vaccines at seasonal walk-up immunization events held in the spring and late summer or alternative locations in Howard County that provide immunizations to children with private insurance coverage.
Call 410-313-7500 for more information and to make an appointment.
You MUST bring the child's immunization record. A parent or guardian must accompany the children to the clinic appointment.
CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that pre-teens get several vaccines at their 11 or 12 year old check-up.
These vaccines prevent serious, sometimes life-threatening diseases. Immunity from some childhood vaccines can decrease over time, so people need to get another dose of the vaccine during their pre-teen years. Also, as children move into adolescence, they are at greater risk of catching certain diseases, like meningitis and HPV. If your child did not get these vaccines at age 11 or 12, schedule an appointment to get them now.